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What you need to know about people's initiative

Jul 13, 2020 - 6:42 PM

People's initiative is an exercise of 'power of the people' to enact laws, but it entails a long and expensive process

Populist president wins re-election in Poland

Jul 13, 2020 - 3:43 PM

(UPDATED) Incumbent Andrzej Duda won a new 5-year term with 51% in Sunday's vote against 49% for Warsaw's liberal mayor Rafal Trzaskowski

POLISH ELECTIONS. Polish President Andrzej Duda addresses supporters as exit poll results were announced during the presidential election in Pultusk, Poland, on July 12, 2020. Photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP

Poland votes in tight presidential election

Jul 12, 2020 - 1:51 PM

The result will be decisive for the future of Poland's Law and Justice party government, which critics accuse of rolling back hard-won democratic freedoms three decades after the fall of communism

BEFORE THE POLLS. A man holds a Polish and an European flag during a demonstration outside the parliament, on May 7, 2020 in Warsaw, before a legislation allowing a presidential election delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic is passed to go ahead via a postal ballot. Photo by Wojtek Radwanski/AFP

In House panel report, ABS-CBN accused of favoring Robredo in 2016

Jul 12, 2020 - 8:39 AM

But ABS-CBN denies backing any candidate in the 2016 elections, which saw Vice President Leni Robredo defeat Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and 5 other male vice presidential bets

WORKING VP. Vice President Leni Robredo oversees the delivery of the personal protective equipment sets her office gave to hospitals in need on March 24, 2020. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

[EXPLAINER] Forget about people’s initiative for ABS-CBN

Jul 11, 2020 - 8:57 PM

It will cost the Comelec at least P4 billion, and it will overlap with its preparation for the 2022 elections. Let’s set the exercise aside for when we truly need it.

Singapore counts votes in pandemic poll

Jul 10, 2020 - 11:09 AM

(UPDATED) Analysts say holding a vote now is a gamble and, with opinion polls banned during election campaigns in the tightly regulated country, it is not clear if the health crisis will boost or dent the government's support

BALLOT. A woman wearing a face masks casts her ballot as she votes during the general election in Singapore on July 10, 2020. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Challenging Trump on economy, Biden unveils $700 billion recovery plan

Jul 10, 2020 - 10:26 AM

Biden presents the sweeping 'Build Back Better' proposal, a contrast to Trump's 'America First' agenda, during a speech at a metal works plant in Pennsylvania

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 10, 2020, Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden leaves after speaking at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. - Biden on Mat 1, 2020, emphatically denied sexually assaulting a former staffer, saying the incident she claims occurred in 1993 "never happened." "They aren't true. This never happened," Biden said of the accusations made by Tara Reade, a former staffer in his US Senate office. (Photo by Mandel NGAN / AFP)

Biden-Sanders taskforces unveil proposals for party unity

Jul 09, 2020 - 8:28 AM

The 110-page document calls for major steps to combat climate change, reduce systemic racism, expand affordable health care, and reform a US economy devastated by the coronavirus pandemic

Democratic presidential hopefuls former US vice president Joe Biden (L) and Senator Bernie Sanders greet each other with a safe elbow bump before the start of the 11th Democratic Party 2020 presidential debate in a CNN Washington Bureau studio in Washington, DC on March 15, 2020. (Photo by Mandel NGAN / AFP)

FBI chief says China has preferences in U.S. election

Jul 08, 2020 - 11:09 AM

'China's malign foreign influence campaign targets our policies, our positions, 24/7, 365 days a year,' says Christopher Wray, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Trump says Kanye West presidency bid 'very interesting'

Jul 08, 2020 - 10:40 AM

Trump notes that it may be too late for West to register in some states and that he lacks the 'infrastructure' for a White House bid

ABS-CBN failed to air ads of many candidates, not just Duterte's

Jul 07, 2020 - 7:51 AM

ABS-CBN says presidential bet Mar Roxas and vice presidential candidates Leni Robredo, Alan Peter Cayetano, and Antonio Trillanes IV are among those who have unaired ads during the 2016 campaign

COVERAGE WOES. ABS-CBN president and CEO Carlo Katigbak defends his network's franchise application before House members on June 3, 2020. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Trump idea of 'National Garden of American Heroes' raises questions

Jul 06, 2020 - 9:23 AM

'We will defend, protect, and preserve the American way of life, which began in 1492 when Columbus discovered America,' Trump says

HEADLESS. People photograph a statue depicting Christopher Columbus which had its head removed at Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park on June 10, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images/AFP

Croatia votes for new government as virus woes loom

Jul 05, 2020 - 2:24 PM

The ruling conservative HDZ party is set for a close race with the main center-left opposition, and also risks losing votes to a new right-wing movement gunning for third place

CAMPAIGN POSTERS. A woman walks by campaign posters in Zagreb on July 2, 2020 ahead of the parliamentary election of July 5. Photo by Denis Lovrovic/AFP

Olympics, virus dominate Tokyo governor vote

Jul 05, 2020 - 1:20 PM

The election comes as Tokyo fights a coronavirus spike that has seen more than 100 new cases reported in recent days

TOKYO VOTE. A man casts his vote for the Tokyo gubernatorial election behind a sheet of plastic as a precaution at a polling station in Shinjuku area in Tokyo on July 5, 2020. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Dominican Republic vote goes ahead despite virus threat

Jul 04, 2020 - 3:31 PM

The campaign is unlike any other in the Dominican Republic's history, overshadowed by a health crisis that has hit the country's population of 10 million hard

UPCOMING ELECTIONS. Handout photo released by Dominican presidential candidate for the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD) Gonzalo Castillo's press office as he (C) shakes hands with supporters during a motorcade in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic, on July 1, 2020.  Photo by Gonzalo Castillo's press office/AFP

Biden says will not hold campaign rallies due to pandemic

Jul 01, 2020 - 9:05 AM

'This is the most unusual campaign I think in modern history,' the former vice president says

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 10, 2020, Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden leaves after speaking at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. - Biden on Mat 1, 2020, emphatically denied sexually assaulting a former staffer, saying the incident she claims occurred in 1993 "never happened." "They aren't true. This never happened," Biden said of the accusations made by Tara Reade, a former staffer in his US Senate office. (Photo by Mandel NGAN / AFP)

Comelec: Voter registration suspended until August 31

Jun 30, 2020 - 11:11 AM

Commission on Elections Spokesperson James Jimenez says the suspension is again extended due to the rising number of coronavirus cases in the country

SUSPENDED FOR NOW. In this file photo, people flock to beat the deadline at the Comelec office in Arroceros, Manila on the last day of voters registration on September 30, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Hey, You! Rolling Stones warn Trump of legal action over song use

Jun 28, 2020 - 8:45 PM

The Stones are not the first major act to call on the US president to stop using their songs

Macron braces for setback in French local polls

Jun 28, 2020 - 6:26 PM

Analysts expect the election will confirm that French President Emmanuel Macron's centrist party has failed to gain a strong foothold at the local level

FRENCH LOCAL POLLS. A volunteer wearing a face mask and face shield stands outside the polling station during the second round of the French municipal elections on June 28, 2020 in the French Riviera city of Nice. Photo by Valery Hache/AFP

Malawi opposition leader sworn in as new president

Jun 28, 2020 - 6:05 PM

Lazarus Chakwera wins a rerun of general elections, after the Constitutional Court overturned a May 2019 presidential election marred by widespread irregularities

NEW PRESIDENT. In this file photo taken on June 20, 2020, Malawi's main opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera arrives at Mtandire locations in the suburb of the capital Lilongwe for a rally. Photo by Amos Gumulira/AFP

Poland begins voting in election delayed by virus

Jun 28, 2020 - 3:22 PM

Incumbent Andrzej Duda is campaigning for reelection in a vote that could determine the future of the right-wing government that supports him

PRESIDENTIAL BETS. Mopeds enter a tunnel with election posters of Polish presidential elections candidates in a suburb of Warsaw, on June 25, 2020, a few days ahead of the presidential elections in Poland. Photo by Wojtek Radwanski/AFP

Malawi president says election rerun marred by 'irregularities'

Jun 27, 2020 - 11:57 PM

'Sadly, as all Malawians have seen, this election is the worst in Malawi's history of our elections,' says Malawi President Peter Mutharika

IRREGULARITIES. Electoral officials and political party monitors count votes during the presidential elections during the presidential elections at the Mighty Caspia polling station in Area 23, a residential location in Lilongwe on June 23, 2020. Photo by Amos Gumulira/AFP

Iceland president set for landslide election win

Jun 27, 2020 - 2:08 PM

Opinion polls suggest Gudni Johannesson's rightwing challenger, former Wall Street broker Gudmundur Franklin Jonsson, has almost no chance of winning

GUDNI JOHANNESSON. Image from https://www.facebook.com/gudnith2020

Russians cast early votes in ballot to extend Putin's rule

Jun 25, 2020 - 6:43 PM

Election officials open polling stations in the lead-up to the official voting day on July 1 to reduce the risk of overcrowding that could spread coronavirus infections

Biden to accept presidential nomination in person at scaled-back convention

Jun 25, 2020 - 8:56 AM

'Unlike this president, Joe Biden and Democrats are committed to protecting the health and safety of the American people,' says Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez

ALL SMILES. Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden smiles while standing with supporters at a campaign event at the W Los Angeles hotel on March 4, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP

Mongolians vote for parliament in shadow of coronavirus

Jun 24, 2020 - 11:55 PM

Voters queue two meters apart to enter, with medical staff checking temperatures, passing out hand disinfectant and masks, and providing single-use plastic gloves to fill out ballot papers

ELECTIONS. People wearing face masks vote at a polling station in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia on June 24, 2020. Photo by Byambasuren Byamba-Ochir/AFP

Obama helps raise $11 million for Biden in online fundraiser

Jun 24, 2020 - 9:19 AM

Some $7.6 million of that came from 175,000 grassroots donors 'who continue to power this campaign every single day,' press secretary TJ Ducklo tweets

(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 12, 2017, US Vice President Joe Biden wipes away tears as he walks past President Barack Obama after he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a tribute to Biden at the White House in Washington, DC. - Former US President Barack Obama is set to endorse Biden as a the Democratic nominee running against US President Donald Trump, sources close to ex-president said on April 14, 2020. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP)

Malawi votes in closely-watched historic presidential rerun

Jun 23, 2020 - 7:30 PM

(UPDATED) Victory in the rerun will be determined by whoever garners more than 50% of the votes

RERUN. An electoral official (L) checks the voters' roll while people queue to vote at the Malembo polling station during the presidential elections in Lilongwe on June 23, 2020. Photo by Amos Gumulira/AFP

Singapore heads for polls despite virus outbreak

Jun 23, 2020 - 4:59 PM

With the outbreak slowing and authorities gradually loosening virus curbs, the long-ruling People's Action Party is pushing ahead with an election that must be held by April next year

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong delivers his second national address on the novel coronavirus on March 12, 2020. Photo courtesy of Singapore Prime Minister's Office

Looming election rout ups stakes for France's president

Jun 23, 2020 - 1:11 PM

French President Emmanuel Macron's Republic on the Move party is fighting a losing battle for town halls in the vote while the president's personal popularity has slipped again

MACRON. French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech at the residence of French Defense Ministry on the eve of Bastille Day, on July 13, 2019, in Paris. File photo by Kamil Zihnioglu/AFP

Trump campaign seeks to reset after flubbed rally

Jun 22, 2020 - 9:48 AM

Trump has something of an obsession with big crowds, frequently boasting about the size of his rallies compared with those of Joe Biden, his Democratic rival for November's presidential election

SUPERSPREADER. Protesters march and protest near the BOK Center where US President Donald Trump a campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 20,2020. Photo by Seth Herald/AFP

U.S. attorney general seconds Trump warning on mail-in voting

Jun 22, 2020 - 8:46 AM

Some Democratic critics speculate that Trump was laying the groundwork for a legal battle in case he loses to Democrat Joe Biden

TRUMP AND BARR. Composite photo of US President Donald Trump and US Attorney General William Barr. Photos by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP and Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Trump fans defy virus warnings at rally, even as staffers test positive

Jun 21, 2020 - 8:43 AM

(UPDATED) Thousands file into an indoor arena where Trump aims to revive his election fortunes after several bruising weeks

HEALTH RISK. US President Donald Trump arrives for a campaign rally at the BOK Center on June 20, 2020 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Klobuchar exits VP contention, says Biden should pick black woman

Jun 19, 2020 - 1:04 PM

US Senator Amy Klobuchar says the protests that erupted in the aftermath of a brutal police killing of a black man in her state of Minnesota helped her realize the need for greater diversity in the presidential contest

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 11: Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., gives her opening statement during a Senate Judiciary Committee business meeting on Capitol Hill on June 11, 2020 in Washington, DC. Senate committee gathered to vote on authorizing 35 subpoenas into the origins of the FBIs Russia investigation, dubbed Crossfire Hurricane. Carolyn Kaster-Pool/Getty Images/AFP POOL / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

Trump asked China's Xi for re-election help, claims Bolton

Jun 18, 2020 - 9:28 AM

According to book excerpts, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slipped Bolton a note maligning the president, saying: 'He is so full of shit'

SHAKING HANDS. US President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with China's President Xi Jinping at the end of a press conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 9, 2017. Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

[OPINION] Understanding the power of privilege

Jun 18, 2020 - 9:00 AM

'Come July 1, 2020, voter registration will finally resume. That opens up another avenue where we could put our privilege to good use.'

Facebook to block foreign state media ads for U.S. election

Jun 17, 2020 - 5:21 PM

Facebook's move comes under growing pressure over its hands-off approach to misinformation and inflammatory posts and following criticism it turned a blind eye to foreign interference in the 2016 presidential poll

FACEBOOK. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks about Facebook News at the Paley Center For Media on October 25, 2019 in New York City. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Trump to accept Republican presidential nomination in Florida

Jun 12, 2020 - 1:47 PM

The most visible portions of the Republican National Convention will be moved to the city of Jacksonville following a row over coronavirus restrictions with the governor of North Carolina


Biden: Trump may try to 'steal' election or not leave office

Jun 12, 2020 - 11:21 AM

'Leave it to Democrats to go out there and grandstand and level these conspiracy theories,' says White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany


Trump asks supporters not to sue if they catch COVID-19 at his rally

Jun 12, 2020 - 9:31 AM

'By clicking register below, you are acknowledging that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present,' the waiver for the first of Trump's rallies states

THE DON. U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters May 14, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Former Ivory Coast premier announces bid for presidency

Jun 11, 2020 - 9:43 PM

Pascal Affi N'Guessan will make a run for the Ivory Coast presidency in upcoming elections, in a move highlighting fractures in the FPI party

RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT. Pascal Affi N'Guessan delivers a speech during the FPI party congress on July 27, 2018, at the Palais des Sports of Treichville in Abidjan. File photo by Sia Kambou/AFP

After George Floyd, pressure on Biden to pick black VP

Jun 11, 2020 - 10:53 AM

'I want someone strong, and someone who is ready to be president on day one,' Biden says

Democratic presidential hopeful US Senator from California Kamala Harris (R) delivers her closing statement flanked by Former Vice President Joe Biden during the second round of the second Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season hosted by CNN at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan on July 31, 2019. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP)

Ethiopia MPs back extending Abiy's term amid election delay

Jun 10, 2020 - 8:25 PM

The move by the House of Federation is sure to anger opposition leaders who have accused Abiy Ahmed of using the pandemic to artificially extend his time in office, and analysts warn of possible protests and boycotts

TERM EXTENSION? Ehiopia's Prime Minister Abiy speaks before planting a tree during the tree-planting ceremony of his initial project to plant five billion trees during this year's rainy season in Hawassa on June 5, 2020, ahead of World Environment Day. File photo by Michael Tewelde/AFP

Experts warn of China-backed candidates in 2022 PH elections

Jun 10, 2020 - 8:04 AM

There may be several 'Manchurian candidates' in the presidential race in 2022 as China tries to tighten its grip on the Philippines, say military and diplomatic experts

'BEST FRIENDS.' President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing in August 2019. Malacañang photo

Biden clinches Democratic nomination for 2020 race against Trump

Jun 06, 2020 - 2:29 PM

Biden passes the 1,991 threshold to secure his party's nomination as counting continued from Tuesday's round of Democratic primaries

BIDEN. Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Delaware State University's student center in Dover, Delaware, on June 5, 2020. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

As U.S. protests rage, a tale of 2 leaders: Biden and Trump

Jun 04, 2020 - 3:34 PM

'This is very much a tale of two types of leadership skills,' says a professor at the American University in Washington. 'What strength looks like to these two men is very different.'


White House race becomes digital dogfight due to pandemic

Jun 03, 2020 - 4:32 PM

Digital will play a critical role in the 2020 White House race as social media takes the place of rallies and door-to-door campaigning

House passes bill increasing campaign expenses’ cap for candidates

Jun 01, 2020 - 6:16 PM

If passed into law, HB 6095 would allow candidates for president, vice president, and senators to spend P50 per voter, from the current P10

CAMPAIGN SEASON. In this file photo during the 2016 elections, a man walks past campaign banners of local politicians at Fairview in Quezon City. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Huge U.S. labor union endorses Biden over Trump

May 27, 2020 - 9:07 AM

'[Trump's] response to COVID-19 has been delinquent, delayed, disorganized and deadly,' says AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka

TRUMP VS BIDEN? Donald Trump and Joe Biden. File photos by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trump threatens to pull Republican convention out of North Carolina

May 26, 2020 - 10:00 AM

Trump wants the state's Democratic governor to guarantee that he will swiftly lift restrictions on large gatherings of people during the coronavirus pandemic

POINT. US President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a rally at Bojangles' Coliseum on March 2, 2020, in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP